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The SuperVips (1968)

Vip, mio fratello superuomo (original title)
A satire of modern society recounting the adventures of the last in a line of Supermen, the film pokes fun at the processes that lie behind advertising, politics and our consumer society.

Director:

Bruno Bozzetto

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Bruno Bozzetto (screenplay), Bruno Bozzetto (story) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Roberto Bertea Roberto Bertea ... Nazi scientist (voice)
Fiorella Betti Fiorella Betti ... Lisa (voice)
Vittorio Cramer Vittorio Cramer ... (voice)
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Narrator (voice)
Luciano De Ambrosis Luciano De Ambrosis ... Adam's boys Leader (voice)
Arturo Dominici ... (voice)
Micaela Esdra Micaela Esdra ... Nervustrella (voice)
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Colonel (voice)
Oreste Lionello ... Mini VIP (voice)
Pino Locchi Pino Locchi ... Schultz (voice)
Lydia Simoneschi Lydia Simoneschi ... Happy Betty (voice) (as Lidia Simoneschi)
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A satire of modern society recounting the adventures of the last in a line of Supermen, the film pokes fun at the processes that lie behind advertising, politics and our consumer society.

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Animation | Comedy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The SuperVips See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Happy Betty has slave employees in the film who are Asian in the film. Which didn't go over well with many American financiers. Lady Robinson felt the film could not be sold to Japan with the Asian slave characters and asked to make them green said Director Bruno Bozzetto See more »

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VIP: MY BROTHER SUPERMAN (Bruno Bozzetto, 1968) ***
2 January 2009 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

The unprecedented success of Bozzetto's WEST AND SODA ensured a more ambitious follow-up with the aid of American financiers. Biting the hand that fed him (Bozzetto had primarily been involved in making animated commercials), he came up with a sharply satirical narrative about the perils inherent in incessant commercial spoon-feeding to Italian TV audiences. Supervip is the latest in a long line of strapping superheroes while Minivip is his inept 'accidental' twin brother; the latter – short, bespectacled and saddled with an inferiority complex – is a splendid caricature of Woody Allen. During a psychiatrist-imposed vacation, the latter stumbles onto a massive brainwashing conspiracy instigated by Happy Betty, the head of a chain of supermarkets, intent on controlling the worldwide market through missiles lodged into her customers' brain that turn them into compulsive buyers! Every superhero has to have a sweetheart: the intrepid red-headed Lisa is Supervip's girl while the diminutive Nervustrella is the one that loves Minivip in spite of himself; conversely, Happy Betty's minions include a strongman dubbed "The Colonel" and the pint-sized, monocle-sporting Schultz. The film is driven by a superb song score courtesy of Franco Godi that includes a mournful lament by Happy Betty's imprisoned, unsuccessful experiment subjects and a climactic production number performed by the villains themselves when hoist in their own petards. Comic highlight: the "day in the life" demonstration of Happy Betty's assembly-line workers.


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